Short Stories

I write short stories in several genres, including Fantasy, horror, crime and SF, romance and Traditional Holmes + Watson adventures

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Coming in 2021

Who Sleuthed It?

Story: Blood and Bone

This anthology of animal sleuths solving mysteries and crimes with their human and animal friends is due out in February from Clan Destine Press!

Branch and Root

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Story: The Marbletree Wood

(This story is set hundreds of years after the events of The Witches of Tyne series)

An anthology inspired by trees, coming from Shooting Star Press.


Other short stories

Oz is Burning

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Story: Harvest

An apocalyptic anthology from B Cubed Press, with profits going to WIRES, supporting recovery from Australia’s 2020 bushfires.

Oz is Burning was released in August 2020.


War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia

Story: Banjo’s War

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An anthology inspired by HG Wells’ Martian Invasion – set in Australia in the past, present and future!

BuyWar of the Worlds: Battleground Australia in paperback/ebook at:

Grant Me the Carving of My Name

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Stories:
Long Live the King
Myth and Man

Grant Me the Carving of My Name contains stories by noted Ricardians.  The proceeds go the the Scoliosis Association UK.

Scarlet Stiletto: The Ninth Cut 2017

Story: Jane

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I am absolutely thrilled to have received the Body in the Library first place with my ghost story, ‘Jane’.

Wavelengths

Story: Earworm Armageddon

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Myths, Monsters, Mutations

Story: Passive Aggressive

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And Then…

Story: Virgin Soil

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Angela Slatter’s interview

Intrepid Horizons

Story: Death’s Door

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My favorite is Death’s Door by Narrelle M Harris because Death is truly charming and the heavy questions posed are not without a light blend of macabre humor. ~ Jennifer, Goodreads


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Best New Zombie Tales Volume 2

Story: The Truth About Brains

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012

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Story: Stalemate

Ticonderoga Publications

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Encounters

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Story: Show and Tell

“Show and Tell”, is a fun story involving archaeology, classroom mayhem, and the undead. Read it.~ William Wilkinson, Amazon

A Certain Persuasion (2016)

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Story – Know Your Own Happiness

(no longer available)

…in an excellent modern parallel for the family and romantic dynamics of Persuasion, “Know Your Own Happiness” allows a young man to revisit his capitulation to his family’s rejection of his bisexuality with a chance to choose true love this time. I particularly liked the subtlety with which the theme was developed. For much of the story, the Austen reference is all about the protagonist’s reluctant attendance at a book club…and then the Captain Wentworth-analogue enters and suddenly all is made clear.~ Heather Rose Jones, Amazon

An adaptation that successfully transfers the pressure Anne’s family put on her into a scenario that makes sense for the current day. The fact that Cooper hadn’t actually read Persuasion made the parallels humorous.~ Ellie, Goodreads

Q: Queermance Volume 1

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Story – Late Bloomer

Commissioned to celebrate Melbourne’s inaugural Queermance Literary Festival this is an anthology of erotically-charged romances from famous, emerging and aspiring writers.

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Q: Queermance Volume 2

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Story – The Birthday Present